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COVID TEST: Businesses urged to order covid tests

COVID TEST: Businesses urged to order covid tests

 

A renewed call is being made to private businesses in Liverpool with more than 50 staff to order and use Government Covid-19 test kits for employees in the workplace.

Liverpool City Council is now offering low-cost training and support to help show firms how to use the kits.

It is advised that people going into work should get tested every five to seven days, as up to a third of those with the virus don’t have symptoms.

Getting staff tested regularly using the lateral flow kits helps reduce the spread of coronavirus and the chances of disruption to businesses as a result of staff falling ill or having to self-isolate.

Companies can register to order tests to deliver at their work sites if:

  • The business is registered in England
  • They employ 50 people or more
  • Their employees cannot work from home

Director of Public Health, Matthew Ashton, said: “The quickest way to get out and stay out of the current lockdown is to keep infection rates as low as possible.

“We fully appreciate that there are some jobs where people can’t work from home and need to go into the workplace or office. In these circumstance it is really important that people get tested on a regular basis so they can be sure they are not infectious and spreading the virus to colleagues or people in their household.

“Our work on the Covid testing programme means we have a lot of experience of in administering the tests, so we are able to offer low-cost training for companies who need help and support in carrying out the tests

“Through all sectors working together we can help reduce the spread of Covid in the city and get back to business as usual more quickly.”

The move will also help manage demand at the city’s network of symptom-free test centres ensuring those in smaller businesses delivering valued services in our communities are able to access testing as well.

Companies wanting to access training and support – which costs from £250 – £500 for up to 12 staff – should email smarttesting@liverpool.gov.uk.

More information and an online application form for the Covid tests is at https://www.gov.uk/get-workplace-coronavirus-tests


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